Lancaster D-Day veteran Ron Meadows dies at age of 95

Ronald Meadows with John Barlow earlier this year.
Ronald Meadows with John Barlow earlier this year.

A Lancaster war veteran who recently received a top military honour for the part he played in the D-Day landings has died at the age of 95.

Great-grandfather Ron Meadows served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and was awarded the Légion d’Honneur earlier this year.

The medal is awarded to those who took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Mr Meadows had been living at Hillcroft Nursing Home in Morecambe, where he died peacefully on October 12.

He grew up in Lancaster, living much of his life in Scotforth, except for short stays in Burnley and Bournemouth as a footballer after the war.

Returning to Lancaster when his football career ended, Mr Meadows worked at Storeys.

He and his late wife Gladys had three children; son Derek and daughters Barbara and the late Susan.

He also leaves four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr Meadows was joined by his family in June as Squadron Leader John Barlow of the Royal Air Force presented him with his Legion d’Honneur. He had joined the RAF in 1940 at the age of 19 and within just a few years was flying Spitfires. He was stationed in Malta and often acted as a dive-bomber.

With the invasion of Italy there was less need for aircrew on Malta so Mr Meadows was transferred back to England and on D-Day he took off to cover the landings.

However, two days after D-Day he was shot down by the Royal Navy and the Germans while flying at 800 feet.

He was rescued by a Canadian tank and returned to England by Landing Craft.

The funeral will be held at St Barnabas Church in Morecambe on October 24, followed by interment at Lancaster & Morecambe Crematorium.